IS IT JUST ME, OR DO BOHEMIAN STYLE INTERIORS SEEM SO MUCH HARDER TO REPLICATE IN YOUR OWN SPACE AT HOME?
One of my personal on-going projects is the arrangement of my apartment. While it's generally the sort of project I devour with gusto, I've often found it frustrating (sometimes simply tricky, other times downright vexing) to create this kind of eclectic look and still maintain a sense of order.
Maybe it's just a personal peeve of mine (doubtful), but even though I crave a space filled with wonder and curiosity, I need a space that's organized and free of clutter and visual distractions. That's what makes this whole bohemian-modern thing so perplexing (and alluring). It offers a richly lived-in and well-loved vibe, and for the masterful few, a calming sense of unobtrusive order.
For the rest of us, I've pulled together a few common denominators, derived from careful observations of the best of the best (see sources below). Look out Kelly Wearstler, I've made us mortals a cheat sheet. !!
UNDERSTAND THE BASICS
1. COLOR 2. TEXTURE 3. PATTERN
Instead of talking specifics (i.e. "this lamp" or "that rug"), I've divided everything into three general elements: color, texture, & pattern. Why and How can certain details be used together? The key is in finding the right balance between the minimal and complex aspects of each element. Think of pairing vintage with modern, curves with angles, unusual with classic, smooth and textured surfaces, and bright hues with deep shades.
ADD: NATURE, HISTORY, & MODERN ART
These are the three specific elements every proper bohemian space will incorporate. To truly nail the eclectic vibe, keep these words in mind when considering what should stay and what should go.
RESOURCES & GOLD MINES
Where to find your furniture, materials, & decorative details:
Endless retro tchotchkes! And be on the lookout for things that can be transformed with a simple coat of paint.
A favorite for beautiful/retro home goods.
Inexpensive, modern, and on-trend, but be wary of anything too campy or (ew) dormy.
The Swedes have quite a handle on modern and minimal.
I'm talking about the do-it-yourself projects that end up looking like they'd fit right in at Anthropologie. No "loving hands at home", in the words of my fashion illustration professor. You know what I mean.
Finally, gorge your eyes on inspiration from a few of the very best...
/ 1. Furniture Workshop Co-Op founders Poppy Lane & Scott Gibson's Melbourne home via The Design Files, photo by Sean Fennessy, styled by Lucy Feagins / 2. blogger guru & designer Bri Emery's home via Design Love Fest / 3. artist Mary Nelson Sinclair's New York City apartment via Lonny / 4. Swedish designer Lisa Marie Andersson's home via Mackapar (visit Lisa's dress shop, Up the Wooden Hills) / Header image via Domino Magazine